Technology delivering speech pathology in rural schools (NSW)

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today commended the Royal Far West speech pathology program, which gives students in remote areas of NSW access to this valuable service via video-link.

Speaking during Speech Pathology Week, Mr Piccoli said Come N' See uses technology to instantly link students, who may otherwise have to travel long distances or face long waits for treatment, with speech pathologists based in Manly.

"Since the pilot in 2013, Come N' See has supported almost 600 students in 64 rural NSW schools with speech, language and communication skills which are vital to a student's learning and development," Mr Piccoli said.

"This is a fantastic example of the programs schools can access using flexible funding made possible by the NSW Government signing up to Gonski."

The Royal Far West Come N' See program provides:

  • a speech, language and communication assessment;
  • a tailored speech therapy program delivered by video-link into schools;
  • education, training and support for parents, teachers, learning support staff and community therapy aides; and
  • an individual post-therapy review and report.
Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said Narromine Public School in his electorate has had 37 students access the program in the past 18 months.

"It's great to see such an innovative program used to give students in the country access to services when otherwise, they would be forced to travel long distances," Mr Grant said.

Narromine Public School Principal Denise King welcomes the additional specialist support that has been available to her school.

"Having the Royal Far West speech pathologists support our school has greatly increased learning outcomes and enhanced student confidence," Ms King said.


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